Lux­ury cruise ship not booked for Uhuru, says Sports min­istry

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

The in­quiry into the Rio Olympics mis­man­age­ment in­ten­si­fied af­ter the Sports min­istry dis­missed claims by Nock that Sh2.2 mil­lion was paid for Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s un­used ac­com­mo­da­tion on a lux­ury cruise ship.

CS Has­san Wario (pic­tured) and his PS Richard Ekai yes­ter­day told the Se­nate Labour and So­cial Wel­fare Com­mit­tee, “At no time did the min­istry re­quest or book for the ac­com­mo­da­tion of his Ex­cel­lency the Pres­i­dent.”

Nock pres­i­dent Kip­choge Keino, Rio Chief de Mis­sion Stephen Soi and other of­fi­cials told the Na­tional Assem­bly Labour com­mit­tee on Tues­day Wario in­structed pay­ment of Sh2.2 mil­lion for Keny­atta’s ac­com­mo­da­tion on Cruise Ship.

But Ekai said Nock of­fi­cials were in charge of ac­com­mo­da­tion and the min­istry only funded them to book rooms.

“We have the list from the Rio or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee in which ho­tels are listed for the so-called in­ter­na­tional dig­ni­taries, the pres­i­dent be­ing the pres­i­dent of Nock not the Pres­i­dent of Kenya,” he said.

The PS told the com­mit­tee chaired by Kil­ifi Se­na­tor Ste­wart Madzayo his min­istry dis­bursed Sh12 mil­lion to Nock to cater for its mem­bers and govern­ment of­fi­cials’ ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The min­istry also dis­missed Keino-led team’s as­ser­tion that Sh2.6 mil­lion was spent on un­oc­cu­pied rooms on the cruise ship for the Na­tional Assem­bly and Se­nate Labour com­mit­tee chair­men.

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